mal·​let | \ ˈma-lət How to pronounce mallet (audio) \

Definition of mallet

: a hammer with a typically barrel-shaped head: such as
a : a tool with a large head for driving another tool or for striking a surface without marring it
b : a long-handled wooden implement used for striking a ball (as in polo or croquet)
c : a light hammer with a small rounded or spherical usually padded head used in playing certain musical instruments (such as a vibraphone)

Examples of mallet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are a few ways to do this: Professionals use a dedicated ice mallet and a canvas sack called a Lewis Bag to hammer ice to order, which is surprisingly effective. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, "How to Make a Georgia Julep, a Peach-Infused Variation on the Kentucky Derby’s Favorite Drink," 29 Apr. 2021 Behind the view of an iron mask, an unknown woman’s cries are muffled; the fleshy explosions emanating from a mallet striking her metal visage fills our ears with the archaic scene. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The gothic terror and limited scares of ‘The Unholy’ bog down in tired tropes," 1 Apr. 2021 Two hours later, the snake fight continued when Jones posted a video of herself in a floppy sunhat in what appears to be her backyard, a croquet mallet above her head, getting ready to smash something in the grass. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "January Jones Is Just Out Here Bludgeoning Rattlesnakes," 10 Apr. 2021 Abbott started his cocktail using a large wooden mallet to beat pellet ice into a snow-cone-like crush. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Shrubs, syrups ... and French bread? Take a look at 6 unique spins on mint juleps," 8 Apr. 2021 This lawn game hails from England and has simple rules: hit your ball with a mallet and get the ball to go through the wire rings. Laura Wheatman Hill,, "Best lawn games for adults," 3 Apr. 2021 Place a piece of plastic wrap over the meat and use a meat mallet to pound the tenderloin into a uniform 1/2-inch thickness. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A perfectly easy pork meal for Easter," 2 Apr. 2021 Both are played by running a mallet along the inside in continuous motion — an action that requires full engagement of the performer’s arm and torso and produces tinkling rushes of sound. New York Times, "To Express the Sound of a Country’s Soul, He Invented New Instruments," 19 Feb. 2021 Place the cinnamon stick in a small zip-top plastic bag, seal it, and bang it a couple of times with a rolling pin, skillet, or mallet (anything firm and heavy) to break it into small pieces. Beth Segal, cleveland, "‘In Bibi’s Kitchen’: The recipes and stories of grandmothers from the eight African countries that touch the Indian Ocean," 20 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of mallet

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mallet

Middle English maillet, from Anglo-French, diminutive of mail hammer — more at maul

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The first known use of mallet was in the 15th century

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4 May 2021

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“Mallet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mallet

: a hammer with a large usually wooden head
sports : a club used for hitting the ball in croquet or polo


mal·​let | \ ˈma-lət How to pronounce mallet (audio) \

Kids Definition of mallet

1 : a hammer with a barrel-shaped head of wood or soft material
2 : a club with a short thick head and a long thin handle a croquet mallet

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